This hands-on course will provide you with an introductory insight into the basic principles of bricklaying.
You will try your hand at several bricklaying activities, from building pyramids and piers to aligning and pointing. After the five weeks, you will come away with the practical knowledge and confidence to complete your individual brickwork projects at home.
All adults are welcome, ladies and gents, aged 19+.
There are no formal entry requirements for this experience - you just need a keen interest in construction and saving money!
Working within a welcoming and relaxed group environment, our construction expert will provide in-time group demonstrations and tips before you proceed with each exercise.
We will cover everything from the importance of health and safety to the correct use of materials and tools for each task.
• Introduction to the tools and mixing materials
• Simple laying of bricks and pyramid corners
• Laying bricks to align
• Pointing techniques
• Building piers
• Different types of bricklaying bonds
There are no assessment criteria - just observe, have a go and enjoy!
If you have your own desired project or design, please feel free to bring that along to the group too.
All materials will be included in the cost you pay.
Please note that you are likely to get messy, so consider wearing appropriate clothing. You will be working within a practical environment so safety shoes must be worn in the workshop at all times.
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Teenager Lewis Cottle says switching direction to an apprenticeship course is helping to "set me up for life". Seventeen-year-old Lewis was one of two applicants chosen by Ilkeston-based Belfield Furnishings to be taken on to work in its maintenance team. Lewis, who lives in Ilkeston, said he was impressed by a presentation by the company at college.
He decided to apply so he could learn a variety of trades. Richard Newby, HSE and maintenance manager at Belfield, said Lewis's application was one of those which stood out and he was one of two candidates taken on. Lewis has now switched from a Level 1 Brickwork course to study towards a Level 2 Diploma in Maintenance.
He is studying one day a week at college and learning the ropes with Belfield on the remaining four working days. Richard Newby, Belfield's HSE and maintenance manager said the company's aim was to "invest time and training so our apprentices gain the skills they need to be part of the team for the long haul." He added: "We're pleased to have them on board."
At college the teachers show you the easiest and best ways to do a job. They really help if you are struggling with something.
I like the job because it's actually doing something real. If you do it, like a factory floor, it's here for the next 30 years or more. It's an achievement.
It's great having some money coming in to save up. I can manage my money better to help set me up in life.